No one likes to think about it, but the fact is that most of us have had to call in pest control for an infestation of cockroaches in our home at least once. Cockroaches love to live in dark, wet environments, yet they can go up to three months with no food and up to one month with no water! This makes them very stubborn and hard to get rid of, but not impossible.
Following are some pest control tips and facts about these pesky nuisances and how to control them. Cockroaches thrive in wet areas of your home like the kitchen sink, laundry room and even your bathroom. They also tend to come out in the dark or at night when you’re sleeping. That’s why you often see them scatter all over when you turn the kitchen light on in the middle of the night. They are also looking for food.
How To Get Prepared For Pest Control
- Calling in a professional pest control company like Zap Pest Control Inc. is the best way to handle a cockroach problem. They will most likely use a gel bait that the cockroach will eat and then take back to the colony, where all of them will soon die. These baits are placed in the damp areas of the home. The technician can also spray a white powder insecticide, but this can pose problems with kids who are exposed to it, so it’s not the best solution.
- Vacuum Them Up! If you vacuum up any dead roaches before your technician arrives, it will help in bringing the numbers down and ridding the entire house of them.
- Fix Any Leaks. If you have taps that drip water, call a plumber and get them repaired, as cockroaches love these wet areas. Also, dry the sinks so that there isn’t standing water. The less water that puddles around, the fewer cockroaches will be able to survive. They will eventually move on to find another water source. If you’re not sure whether or not cockroaches Myrtle Beach have taken up residence in your house, then go get your flashlight and look under the sinks. You are looking for particles that look like black sand. These are the droppings of cockroaches and a sure sign that they are hiding somewhere close!
Believe it or not, the bigger roaches are easier to control, even if they are grosser. Spraying insecticides can really control these pests, as they will walk through and eat the insecticide and then carry it back to the colony, thus killing all of them as well. You want to make sure areas like cabinets, drains, kick boards and any cracks or crevices get sprayed well. It should last at least a year before having to re-treat the area. Although dead bugs are no fun to look at, they are a sign that the treatment for pest control is working and you just need to vacuum up the dead ones. Try not to do any cleaning in the areas where the spray is, other than sweeping with a dry broom.
The myth that cockroaches will never be a problem in a clean house is just that—a myth. No matter how clean your house is, roaches may still be a problem until you’ve had a professional Myrtle Beach pest control company to come and treat for them. While it’s true that roaches do feed on crumbs and hang out around water sources, it’s not necessarily a dirty house that invites them. You can bring them home from the grocery store, even. You should strive to make sure no drinks are left out and no food is ever left sitting out. Don’t give the roaches a free invitation! Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests we deal with here in the south.